SHIPS MONTHLY August 2020

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News pages

New from the shipping world includes the Sassnitz route shut down by Stena, an uncertain future for the unique Savannah, CLdN start Liverpool link to Spain, and details of the world’s biggest container ships, the near 24,000TEU HMM Algeciras.

Ferry news – All FSG ferry orders cancelled, Covid-19 continues to impacts the ferry scene, and DFDS drop Maltese cross.

Cruise news – Covid-19 keeps the cruise industry closed, CMV ships detained, Costa Victoria becomes the first casualty of the pandemic, and it’s the end of the line for Pullmantur.

Naval news – New Russian submarine makes its debut, Germany orders its biggest frigates, and new Joint Support Ships for the Royal Canadian Navy.

Cargo news – The pandemic brings mixed news for container shipping with demand falling for car carriers, and UECC’s car carrier Autosky trials biofuel.

Newbuild news – There is still a strong market for specialist vessels, plus details of the world’s first hydrogen-powered ship, and ew passenger vessels for Tokyo islands.

Feature articles

EMPTY SHIPS – With virtually the entire cruise industry shut down, ships still need somewhere to go, so many have been laid up at Southampton.

LANCASTRIA: Cruises and Calamity – 80 years after her tragic loss in June 1940 in the worst tragedy to befall any British ship, Peter C. Kohler recalls Cunard’s RMS Lancastria and her varied career.

MARITIME MOSAIC – Photographic feature looking at the mix of old and new ships in the Caribbean.

SUPERFLEX FERRIES – Remembering the careers of 15 vessels from a large and distinctive series built on Wearside from the late 1980s.

TYPE 23 FRIGATES – The evolution of the Type 23 frigate, an outstanding warship design.

FAST EMPIRES – The Fast Empire type cargo liners, part of the British World War II programme.

TYNE SHIPSPOTTING – A guide to shipspotting on the River Tyne, which  has some great vantage points on both the north and south banks.

HELLENIC LINES  – The history of Hellenic Lines of Greece, and recollections of a voyage taken on Hellenic Leader in the 1980s.

BRIDGE VISIT – Captain Aseem A. Hashmi, master of Cunard’s Queen Mary 2, talks about his craeer and his current ship.